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New security consulting firm focused on schools, businesses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Albuquerque banker Michael Stanford heads a team of founding principals with backgrounds as varied as architecture and law enforcement that has launched a security consulting firm called Soteria Group.

Headquartered in Uptown, the company was formed “to help schools and businesses be better prepared to prevent or mitigate on-site crime, from cyber-bullying to live shooter incidents,” according to a news release.

Formerly CEO of First State Bancorporation and now with payroll services firm Payday Inc., Stanford is Soteria’s CEO. Also involved in the launch of Soteria is Payroll Inc. founder Andrew Siegel.

Principals with law enforcement backgrounds are retired FBI agent Richard H. Price and retired Albuquerque deputy police chief Paul Feist.

According to the news release, what makes Soteria unique is the the collaboration of the law enforcement professionals with architects Chris Bard and Art Tatum of FBT Architects. Also principals in the firm, Bard and Tatum will provide assessments of a facility’s risk threat from a design and layout standpoint and recommend improvements.

“Our different backgrounds bring a unique perspective and knowledge base to each project, which is a benefit for our clients,” Tatum says in the news release. “It allows us to customize solutions to the client’s specific needs based on complementary areas of expertise.”

Soteria also offers full-service support in the technology and crisis communications areas, using what the news release describes as “proprietary technology” to support communications between the crisis site and local law enforcement during active shooter and other critical events.

The price for Soteria’s services can range from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of work, Stanford said.

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